September 9th, 2021

Linguistic Duality

Calling all Canadians!

On September 9th, you’re invited to celebrate Linguistic Duality Day and enter our first ever Linguistic Duality Day Contest!

What is Linguistic Duality Day?

Marked for the first time in 2009, the annual observance of Linguistic Duality Day was declared by the former Clerk of the Privy Council to be marked by the Federal Public Service. It takes place on the second Thursday in September every year.

For the first time this year, the Day’s reach will expand to inspire all citizens with activities sharing our common values as Canadians. Linguistic Duality Day events will take place in communities, schools, and homes across Canada.

On Linguistic Duality Day, we celebrate how French and English, our Official Languages, build a strong sense of belonging and contribute to a rich, open, and diverse Canadian culture.

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How to Participate in the Linguistic Duality Day Contest

1. Plan your activity

Decide how you’ll mark Linguistic Duality Day. Celebrating Canada’s linguistic duality can be as simple as reading a bedtime story with your family in your second language or as elaborate as putting on a concert in both official languages for your community.

2. Make a short video

On September 9th, film a 10 to 30-second video showing how you, your family, your school, or your community is marking the day. Here are some suggestions to help you with your video:

  • Tell us why linguistic duality is important to you.
  • Tell us why you’re proud that Canada is officially bilingual.
  • You can also take your video to the next level by recording it in your second language!

3. Share your video

Share your video with us on our Twitter of Facebook social channels

Need a little inspiration on how you can celebrate? Check out the activity booklets below. 

Questions? Please contact Paola St-Georges, Canadian Parents for French: [email protected]


Grand prize: A flight for 2 anywhere across Canada from Air Canada.

Twenty-five $50 gift cards from major Canadian retailers

Ten gift baskets of cool Linguistic Duality Network swag (value: $50)

Let us be proud of Canada’s linguistic duality and celebrate Linguistic Duality Day on September 9th, 2021, and everyday

Make Every Day Linguistic Duality Day!

While Linguistic Duality Day is officially recognized on the second Thursday in September, there’s nothing stopping you from celebrating it every day!

Our activity guide is a treasure-trove of ideas that will help you celebrate linguistic duality any day of the year. Whether you celebrate our two languages in school or in your community, our guide will help you raise awareness about this core Canadian value.

For more ideas on how you can celebrate with your family, your class, and your community, check out our 2020 Activity Guide.